Isuzu UTE A-League preview: Western Sydney Wanderers v Brisbane Roar

Warren Moon insists Brisbane Roar will continue fighting for points as he seeks to test his players through the final third of the campaign.

The Roar beat Newcastle Jets 2-0 last weekend and have their sights set on another positive result away to Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday.

For the Head Coach, it’s also a chance to continue assessing the players who will take Brisbane forward.

“I think there are bigger things at play for us here as a club,” Moon said. “We’re exposing a lot of good young players. Players are playing for their careers and contracts and personal pride as well comes into it.

“There should be enough motivation for us there to go and produce a performance and try to get the three points.”

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“I think every game for us now is like a final,” he added. “We have to treat it that way. We’ll be going in with the mindset that we have to do everything we can to win one game at a time.

“We don’t give up on anything and we certainly don’t concede anything.

“We know our chances of finals are extremely difficult from here, but we won’t concede and we certainly won’t lie down.”

Saturday’s match kicks off a full week on the road for the Roar, who visit Melbourne Victory on Tuesday and Macarthur FC next Friday.

Alex Parsons is likely to feature during the trip, with Moon saying the attacking midfielder has trained well since recovering from injury.

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Another young talent, Cyrus Dehmie, is set to hold his starting spot at CommBank Stadium after a tireless performance against the Jets last time out.

“What he gave the team without personally scoring a goal was exceptional,” Moon said of the 19-year-old.

“So he starts again. We win the game, he plays well and we’re going to reward players young or old on what they’re doing. Right now he’s leading our line and he did it really well last week.

“If he can consistently back it up then goals will come, I’m sure of it.”

The Roar head to CommBank Stadium looking to replicate the 2-1 win of last season, having also beaten Western Sydney 3-0 when the teams met at Moreton Daily Stadium in January.

Mark Rudan replaced Carl Robinson as Head Coach after that match and has led the Wanderers to four wins, two draws and six defeats from his 12 games in charge.


Isuzu UTE A-League
Western Sydney Wanderers v Brisbane Roar
Saturday, 9 April 2022
CommBank Stadium
KO: 5:05pm

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